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2011, Volume 27, Number 2, Page(s) 177-179     
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DOI: 10.5146/tjpath.2011.01071
Histopathology in Iraq: Reliable Diagnostics in Spite of Shortages
Department of Pathological Anatomy, Peoples' Friendship University of Russia, MOSCOW, RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Keywords: Iraq, Histopathology, Laboratories

The purpose of this study is to understand the status of Pathology in Iraq evaluating health problems in the country. Pathologists in Iraq are at the top of the level of scientific knowledge and professional responsibility. Although there are adequate modern equipment, lack of chemicals and experienced technical service inadequacies are evident. Special stains and immunohistochemistry are performed only in some of the private laboratories. Consultation is often carried out within the department, but external consultations are less frequent. In terms of specialized training, highly motivated, knowledgeable rotators and residents are available. Technical personnel, even though not sufficient in number, have got adequate professional training and skills. There are many problems in running quality control programs in the laboratories. As a result, the progress in the health system of Iraq, and therefore the status of pathology discipline, are of great importance for the development of the country. Foreign pathologists as a volunteer or a staff will provide the objective points of identifying the problems and will help to find a solution.

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